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Appears to be propaganda, says former interim CBI chief Nageshwar Rao after Kolkata Police raids

"All that is happening, appears to be propaganda," Nageshwar Rao said reacting to the raid conducted at the premises of M/s Angela Mercantile Pvt Ltd in Kolkata's Salt Lake area.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 09, 2019 0:01 IST ]
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Former CBI interim chief Nageshwar Rao. 

Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interim chief Nageshwar Rao has described raids carried on out on Friday by the Kolkata Police on a company allegedly linked with him and his wife as 'propaganda'. 

"All that is happening, appears to be propaganda," Nageshwar Rao said reacting to the raid conducted at the premises of M/s Angela Mercantile Pvt Ltd in Kolkata's Salt Lake area. 

The raids were conducted in two offices of Angela Mercantiles Pvt. Ltd. - one in the city and the other in adjoining Salt Lake - as part of the city police's probe into an old complaint lodged at the Bowbazar Police Station, the officer said.

A team of around 30 police officers raided the two offices, allegedly linked to Rao's wife Mannem Sandhya, he said.

"There have been a series of transactions between the company and Mannem Sandhya. We are looking into the matter," the police officer said.

Rao issued a statement refuting any link with the company. "In 2010, my wife Smt. Mannem Sandhya took a loan of Rs 25 lakh from M/S Angela Mercantile Pvt. Ltd., owned by Shri Praween agarwal, a long time family friend. This sum was used in joint purchase of a property in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh," he said in the statement.

The Kolkata Police' raid has come amid a raging tussle between West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and the CBI which attempted to interrigate city police commissioner in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. 

Mamata had launched a dharna (sit-in) against CBI's bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The CM called off her three-day protest earlier this week after the Supreme Court directed the the top cop to appear before the CBI in Shillong. Kumar will be quizzed on Saturday, February 9.    

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